crime

Rough justice

Only a quarter of family violence charges heard in the Queenstown District Court led to convictions last year, a figure the head of Women's Refuge believes may be one of the lowest in the country. Ministry of Justice stats show...

Push to report thefts

One of Queenstown's top cops is urging people to report their items being nicked, saying a drop in crime stats may not reflect reality in the resort. Posts lamenting stolen items are appearing near-daily on Queenstown social media pages, with...

Thieves escape conviction

Three Brazilian women started sobbing in Queenstown's court yesterday when told they would escape conviction for stealing groceries from their employer. Gabriela Guinsani Pereira, 27, of Fernhill, Mariana De Oliveira Chedid, 27, psychologist, of Queenstown, and Ana Barbara Brito Dos...
In pain and bleeding, Queenstowner Dan Turner dragged himself out of his crashed ute and carried the tourist who had just hit him head-on away from her burning car. The 32-year-old, who was seriously injured in yesterday's early-morning crash, says...
"This offence is far too common and the social stigma for excess breath or blood alcohol is not that great in New Zealand." That's the latest in a barrage of comments from judges dealing with the district's drink-drivers. On Monday, district...
OPINION: Bill English has finally answered questions we've been asking him for months. In April, I sent a series of questions to the Prime Minister's office about allegations Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay had recorded his electorate staff. One was: "Did Mr...
Mountain Scene is naming convicted drink-drivers on its front page until the end of the year. Here are this week's names: Vanessa Lorenzini, 29, 966mcg Emma Mahoney, 32, 932mcg Sheldon Chant, 22, 855mcg Carla Anne Munro, 42, 785mcg Christopher David Goldfinch, 28, 569mcg Taylor Carol...
A Queenstown drug and alcohol counsellor says people going out drinking should never trust themselves with car keys. Kathryn Denniston, of Re-Create, says some drink-drivers she sees professionally have no memory of getting in their cars. She says people shouldn't rely...
OPINION: Yesterday we started a campaign aimed directly at Queenstown's drink-drivers. On our front page you'll find the names of the 100 people who have been convicted of drink-driving in Queenstown, or locals who appeared in other courts, so far...
Queenstown is bucking the national downward trend for drink-drive convictions – and now has an average of four a week. Ministry of Justice stats show 208 people were convicted at Queenstown District Court in 2016. Another 100 have been been convicted...

Life on the beat

Queenstown cop shop is looking for new recruits. But what's it really like for the boys and girls in blue? Louise Scott gets the lowdown Keith Newell has been a copper for nearly 30 years – newbie constable Lisa Franz just eight months. But...

Scene prod prompts probe

An Aucklander jailed in New Zealand's biggest corruption case used to audit Queenstown council's contractor appointments and tenders. City Hall's now taking legal advice on "the level of risk" of employing Murray Noone – but only after a prod from...
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